IF THEY’LL EVEN HAVE ONE AT ALL. MOTHER NATURE THROWING A WRENCH INTO THE PLANS FOR THE 101st NEWPORT WINTER CARNIVAL. EACH YEAR THE TOWN SHOWCASES AN ICE RINK ON THE COMMON AS PART OF THE FESTIVITIES.>>SOMETHING THAT ALWAYS COMES AROUND WITH THE WINTER CARNIVAL. EVERYBODY LOOKS FORWARD TO IT THEY BRING THEIR KIDS OFF.>>IT’S A REALLY NICE THING TO HAVE IN TOWN. A LOT OF KIDS USE IT AND KIDS HAVE A LOT OF FUN ON IT. REPORTER: THIS TIME AROUND THINGS MAY BE CHANGING. ON MONDAY THE TOWN IMPLEMENTED A WATER BAN AFTER ITS WATER SOURCE GILMAN POND DROPPED BELOW AVERAGE WATER LEVEL.>>THE LAST REPORT I GOT IT W DOWN NEAR 35 TO 36 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. REPORTER: A RECREATION DIRECTOR SAYS BECAUSE OF THAT THE TOWN DECIDED NOT TO TA THE 10 TO 12,000-GALLONS FROM THE POND THAT IS NEEDED TO CREATE THE ICE RINK, WHICH HAS PUT OFFICIALS IN A TIGHT SPOT TO FIND OTHER ALTERNATIVES. RESIDENTS IN TOWN SAY THEY ARE HOPING A PLAN CAN BE PUT INTO PLACE TO BUILD THE ICE RINK AGAIN THIS YEAR.>>WHEN THEY HAVE IT GOING IT IS NICE TO GO BY AND SEE EVERYBODY OUT SKATING AROUND, IT’S VERY PLEASANT, AND IT CHAIRMANS THE TOWN VERY WELL. REPORTER: AND NOW THE DECISION TO PULL THE PLUG ON THE ICE RINK IS NOT SET IN STONE, AS OF YET. WE’LL HAVE MORE INFORMATION COMING UM TONIGHT AT 6:00. AS TO OTHER OPTIONS THAT THE TOWN IS LOOKING INTO.

Newport may ditch skating rink for winter carnival
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